Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to recapture Crimea which was taken by Vladimir Putin in 2014.
Ukrainian forces are now closing in on Crimea and panicked Russian officials are “urgently evacuating” the peninsula and they are desperately “trying to sell their homes” secretly.
This comes as Moscow has banned Russians from being allowed to sell their homes.
Ukraine NOW wrote in a post on the Telegram, “Despite the assurances of the population that they are safe on the peninsula, representatives of the occupation administration of Crimea, FSB officers and commanders of some military units are secretly trying to sell their homes and urgently evacuate their relatives from the peninsula, the GUR reports.”
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President Zelensky strongly urged residents who live in Crimea to build bomb shelters and stock up on major supplies as Ukrainian forces are preparing for a counteroffensive in the peninsula.
Ukraine has bombed various military sites in Crimea which includes the Saki air base and ammunition warehouses depleting Russia’s supply of weaponry.
Defence intelligence analysts report Moscow is “increasingly sourcing weaponry from other heavily sanctioned states” as a result of the strikes on military sites in Crimea.
They have also warned that it is “highly likely” Russia will use suicide drones in Ukraine for the first time.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, “Russia has highly likely deployed Iranian uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) in Ukraine for the first time.
“On September 13 2022, Ukrainian officials reported that their forces had shot down a Shahed-136 UAV near Kupiansk, in the area of Ukraine’s successful ongoing offensive.
“The Shahed-136 is a one-way attack UAV with a claimed range of 2,500 kilometres (1553 miles).
“Similar Iranian-manufactured systems have likely been used in attacks in the Middle East, including against the oil tanker MT Mercer Street in July 2021.”
The MoD update said, “Russia is almost certainly increasingly sourcing weaponry from other heavily sanctioned states like Iran and North Korea as its own stocks dwindle.
“The loss of a Shahed-136 near the front lines suggests there is a realistic possibility that Russia is attempting to use the system to conduct tactical strikes rather than against more strategic targets farther into Ukrainian territory.”